- If there was a stat specifically for sustained pressure in the offensive zone, the Bruins wouldn't have liked their place on the scoresheet in the first period of Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal, in which the B's blueliners recorded all five shots on Carey Price.
The battling picked up towards the end of the first and into the second and third periods, but despite the B's 27 shots on goal, they were left with a frustrated, empty feeling, after only getting one goal, a wrister from Johnny Boychuk that deflected off Daniel Paille and in.
"A tough game. All goals coming off of our players. It was one of those games, no pretty goals," said Coach Julien, within his assessment of the overall game, in which the Habs' two goals essentially went off Bruins and in behind Tuukka Rask.
"I thought we were better as the game went on, but not enough," added Coach. "That 6-on-4 power play at the end, not getting a shot, was something that was extremely frustrating. You're trying to tie a game up and we've got to be better in that situation."
Down 2-1 heading into the final minute of the third period, the B's were awarded a power play after Lars Eller held Zdeno Chara. With Rask off, the 6-on-4 ensued - but the Bruins couldn't muster a shot on goal in the 57 seconds of the power play.
"It's a matter of putting the puck in the net, and we weren't doing it. I think we had a couple of changes to shoot and we chose to pass."
"You've got to be a little hungrier if you want to tie the game."
"Frustrating part is we couldn't really settle the puck, I mean, it was kind of bouncing on us everywhere, but in saying that, it's up to us to do a better job in getting the puck to the net," added Milan Lucic, who was one the of six Bruins.
"When it's 6-on-4, you outnumber them and you want to do everything you can to get the puck to the net and hopefully try and get a bounce because that's usually how that happens."
Jaromir Jagr was another one of the B's out on the power play when the buzzer sounded to end regulation.
"It was not much time to practice anything; I'm new and Bergy got injured, so you kind of play different guys, but it's okay," he said. "We should shoot a little more, we were waiting for the best opportunity. It's just - we didn't take the shot. We have to learn from that. It's not the end of the world. If we play like we did in the second and third we'll be okay."
Though the power play did not register a shot, that one minute was more indicative of the entire game, and the B's need to get more quality shots on goal during five-on-five play.
"But that was probably, the whole game, the most disappointing part for me, is that we didn't get a shot on net," added Coach Julien, on the team's overall play, not just on the man-advantage.
"We had a tough start, but again, unfortunate bounces; sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't. Three, I would call, ugly goals, all off our players."
With the B's not sustaining much pressure on Carey Price to start the game, Coach Julien switched around his players to stabilize three lines, moving experience centerman Rich Peverley into the center position, with Tyler Seguin back on the wing with Brad Marchand. Jaromir Jagr joined Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille - the only line that ended up finding a way past Price.
Coach mostly utilized those three lines consistently, and once he saw more pressure being sustained, would put out the line of Kaspars Daugavins, Shawn Thornton and Jay Pandolfo.
"Well, this is a big game. This is a good team and they're really good in the offensive zone and I don't think Tyler was ready for that, so I had to put a centerman with experience, and I put him back on the wing," said Coach.
"I thought Jags had a good game with, obviously Campbell and Paille, two guys that work hard," said Coach. "So it kind of stabilized at least three lines."
"To me, it doesn't matter," Jagr said postgame on the line switch. "Both guys work very hard and they get the puck. We just have to play in their zone and be strong on the boards and that's what we did. We have some shifts where we were in the offensive zone, but I think Coach is looking for the right chemistry. It's going to take time, we've still got 11 games left."
"The way we played in the second, especially the second, we played together, we wanted the puck, the forwards wanted the puck. That's the way we have to play and we'll be okay."
"We've got to play like that the rest of the season, we're going to be a good team. It's going to be tough to beat us."
The focus moving forward for the Bruins, especially with the absence of Patrice Bergeron, will be on creating momentum from their lines and not just relying on one or two lines to sustain any pressure.
"One line didn't give us much tonight and the other two were pretty good. So to win these kind of games, you need a little bit more more, especially with the injuries we have, you need everybody to step up here and we didn't have enough of that tonight."
"We need guys to step up."